Board of Directors


Mary Dumka (Sanghamitta)

Iin 2014, Mary invited 5 other members of the CTBC meditation group to form a Board to support CTBC's mission. She has personally benefitted from the practice of meditation and is happy to share these learnings with others. She is the resident lay teacher, sharing the teaching duties with our monastic teacher, Ajahn Subharo.


Manik Navaratne

Manik Navaratne

Manik was born in the sacred Buddhist city of Kandy, Sri Lanka and grew up on the Kirkoswald tea estate. She observed the Eight Precepts at school, and often accompanied her parents on the five kilometre walk to the nearest temple to offer dāna. In 1995, her family emigrated to New Zealand and she began meditation practice at the Auckland Theravada Buddhist Temple, where she met Ayya Medhanandi, Ajahn Viradhammo, Ajahn Sumedho Ajhn Vajiro and other western Buddhist monks. In 2003, Manik moved to Calgary, Alberta and became acquainted with Sangamitta and the CTBC, where she now attends retreats and offers her professional accounting services as dāna. She is also a regular participant in Calgary Maha Vihara.

Marilyn Foxford

Marilyn Foxford

After years of on again/off again meditation, Marilyn first took a serious interest in Buddhism upon returning to university to study Eastern Religions. Some time later, she found the Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community and learned about the Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is now committed to this tradition and goes on retreats to Birken Forest Monastery several times a year, where she is taking Upasika training with Ajahn Sona as her teacher.
Jan Hrabec

Jan Hrabec

Jan moved to Canmore in 1989 with her young family and went on to open a thriving local business. She started meditation in the late 2000s, practicing in a secular fashion for a few years. When she later discovered the teachings of the Buddha, she was shocked and excited by the possibility of real transformation. Only then did her meditation practice became truly meaningful. In addition to being a board member, Jan is the organization's librarian and a passionate cheerleader for the Dhamma.
Everett Martin

Ryan Syme

Ryan was born and raised in Winnipeg where his first introduction to philosophy and spirituality was through his schooling led by Jesuit priests. Following completion of his engineering degree at McGill University, Ryan was lured west by the Rocky Mountains and all that they offer. Ryan currently lives in Canmore and is extremely grateful for the regular meditation sessions and Dhamma discussions facilitated by the CTBC - the practices and principals resonate strongly and have been genuinely beneficial.

Everett Martin

Dammika Bambaragama

Dammika was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka and grew up in a Buddhist culture. She immigrated to Canada with her husband and their daughter, then a toddler, in 2002. Keeping close ties with the sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Calgary and also following the teaching from the Thai forest tradition, Dammika works to deepen her meditation practice. 
Everett Martin

Judy Pequegnat (Kusala)

Judy’s first introduction to meditation was with Mechele Calvert in Calgary in 1996. Further exploration led to assisting Barbara Ross to establish classes and teach at the Yoga and Meditation Community Center in Calgary and managing numerous retreats with monastics and lay teachers. Judy completed a two year teacher training program at Bhavana Monastery with Bhante Gunaratana in the early 2000’s.

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We are located in south Canmore. You are welcome to drop in for our group meditation practice on Tuesday and Friday. For other times please contact us for an appointment or view our event calendar for public talks, teachings, and retreats. 

     518 2nd St, Canmore, Alberta
   T1W 2K5

     403 678-2034

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